On Gazing at the Sea Surrounding Fort Sumter

I wrote the following piece (though it has since been extended and edited) this past Thursday, on which day I visited Fort Sumter, known as where the beginning of the American Civil War took place, and sat on a hill, watching the sea. It was one of those times where a flood of thoughts suddenly enters your head, springing from some memories or a bit of knowledge of an inspiring place—one of those times where refusing to pick up the pen is simply impossible. Though it’s not one of my greatest poems published on Defy Augury, I can completely assure you that its message, one marked by patriotism and a desperation for God’s intervention, comes from the heart.

Think of your country, soul, and remember
What it was these men fought for—
How bleak it seemed, how hollowed now the ground,
And untouched the passage of time.

Here stood gallants, soldiers, miners
All struggling to survive—
Fighting for a country, nobly
Built upon principles of liberty…
Oh, how we lack those now!

Why stand we here on the edge of a millennium,
And think, somehow, we have progressed?
Can our assumed advances truly matter
When blood and war, death and risk
Was the price for it? and why, O nation,
When you revere your heroes dead,
Salute thee the banner, yet from their sacrifice destroy
All for which they lived—and died?

Remember…Sumter…the beginning of
Th’ crack in freedom’s foundation.

O God, save our country.

“Then you recently turned and did what was right in My sight—every man proclaiming liberty to his neighbor; and you made a covenant before Me in the house which is called by My name.” ~Jeremiah 34:15, NKJV


~Sarah Merly

May 15, 2018

Isaiah 53